Daily Archives: January 27, 2012

Can Angus Cattle Be Big And Efficient?

Can Angus Cattle Be Big And Efficient?

Oklahoma Farm Report

Can Angus Cattle Be Big And Efficient? Over time, the average size of beef cows has increased by 200 pounds or more. To keep up with feed costs-even today’s feed costs-that just means she needs to wean 50 more pounds of calf, according to South Dakota State University animal scientist Ken Olson.

Full Story

BeefTalk: Meat, Fat, Size and Quality

BeefTalk: Meat, Fat, Size and Quality

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Meat, fat, carcass size and carcass quality are four factors in the beef industry that never go away. One could even say this is why the beef industry exists.

Full Story

NE man pleads guilty to cattle scheme in MO

NE man pleads guilty to cattle scheme in MO

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

A south-central Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to a cattle scheme in central Missouri. Allen Foos of Smithfield, Nebraska entered his plea in federal court Tuesday in the Western District of Missouri to transporting stolen livestock across state lines.

Full Story

Improved breeding helps meet demand for high quality beef

Improved breeding helps meet demand for high quality beef

FarmTalk

With better genetics, Missouri beef producers can help supply the growing demand for high-quality beef, said a University of Missouri Extension beef specialist.

“Until just a few years ago, we didn’t have the tools to change our marketing,” said David Patterson, leader of the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program

Full Story

U.S. Beef Producers Aren’t Using Proven Genetic Tools

U.S. Beef Producers Aren’t Using Proven Genetic Tools

Wes Ishmael

BEEF

Benefits of reproductive technologies like estrus synchronization (ES) for natural or artificial breeding are old news.

“Improving traits of major economic importance in beef cattle can be accomplished most rapidly through the selection of genetically superior sires and widespread use of artificial insemination (AI),” says David Patterson, University of Missouri (MU) animal science professor.

Full Story

Future of Midwest cattle-feeding seminar scheduled

Future of Midwest cattle-feeding seminar scheduled

Travis Meteer,

University of Illinois

Feeder cattle producers are encouraged to optimize their opportunities and attend workshops focused on the future of Midwest cattle feeding. The meeting will be held March 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Ill.

Full Story

Take Steps to Prevent Scours in Calves

Take Steps to Prevent Scours in Calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Many ranchers experience a few cases of diarrhea in young calves, and some years are worse than others. Scours can be caused by certain kinds of bacteria, viruses or protozoa. Whether or not calves get sick is often related to multiple factors including exposure (whether calves come into contact with those pathogens), and stress.

Full Story

From the Ground Up – Falling Beef Cattle Numbers

From the Ground Up – Falling Beef Cattle Numbers

KBTX

During 2011, the drought experienced in Texas was responsible for continuing a liquidation of cattle that had began a couple of years before during another dry spell.

Full Story

Collaboration set to revolutionize feed efficiency in cattle

Collaboration set to revolutionize feed efficiency in cattle

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

For generations, agricultural producers have continued to produce more food with fewer resources. Unfortunately, their greatest test is yet to come.

In October 2011, the world’s population topped 7 billion for the first time in recorded history, and estimates have total population numbers breaching the 9.5 billion mark by 2050.

Full Story

Conference to Focus on Options for Grass-Fed Beef Cattle

Conference to Focus on Options for Grass-Fed Beef Cattle

Wisconsin Ag Connection

Successful options for profiting from grass-fed beef production is the focus of Land Stewardship Project workshop being held next month in La Crosse. The event is scheduled for February 11 at the People’s Food Co-op from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Full Story